2014

 

Busy Christmas period for the ECT Rescue Helicopter team

December 25
The ECT Rescue Helicopter  was sent to Te Araroa at 1:00pm to pick up an 80-year-old suffering from a medical condition. The patient was flown to Gisborne Hospital for assessment.
December 28
The ECT Rescue helicopter was sent to Kotemaori at 6:00pm to a forestry MVA. A 44-year-old patient was flown to Hawke’s Bay Hospital with neck and back injuries.
The ECT Rescue Helicopter was sent to Te Pui Springs at 3:50am to transfer a patient with a medical condition. She was flown to Gisborne Hospital. The mission was completed with the use of the night vision goggles.
 

Weekend emergencies keep the ECT Rescue Helicopter team busy

A very busy weekend for the ECT Rescue Helicopter, which attended several emergencies you may be interested in.
Saturday 29 November 2014, 17:00 - The ECT Rescue Helicopter responded to a farm house in the Wainake Valley to a 73-year-old female suffering a medical condition. She was assessed by St John staff before being flown to Gisborne Hospital.
Saturday 29 November 2014, 21:20 - The ECT Rescue Helicopter responded to a car crash five kilometers south of Tokomaru Bay. The male occupant was thrown from the vehicle as it rolled. He was transported to Gisborne Hospital in a Status 1 condition with multiple injuries. Night vision goggles were used in this rescue. Read more details here.
Sunday 30 November 2014, 14:00 - The ECT Rescue Helicopter responded to Te Puia Hospital to uplift a 20-year-old male who had fallen off a motorbike. He was flown to Gisborne Hospital for assessment of his injuries.

 

A busy seven or eight days for the ECT Rescue Helicopter.

On Tuesday night (November 24), the rescue helicopter was called by police to search for two over due surfers in the Tokomaru Bay area. We flew up and located the two young men and then joined a local vessel to retrieve them. The night vision goggles were used in the helicopter then in the boat and made both parts of the rescue possible. A massive team effort. Check out the full story here.

On Saturday evening (November 22), the ECT Rescue Helicopter was sent to Te Puia Hospital to uplift a 4-week-old infant with a medical condition. The infant and mother where flown to Gisborne Hospital.

Last Wednesday (November 19), the rescue helicopter responded to a farm shearing shed to attend to a 23-year-old male who suffering from a medical condition. He was flown to Gisborne Hospital for treatment. The flight was conducted in quite windy conditions.

A busy few days for the ECT Rescue Helicopter
On Thursday afternoon (October 30), the chopper went to Te Puia Springs Hospital to uplift an 11-year-old who had fallen earlier in the day. He was flown to Gisborne Hospital for treatment.
On Saturday morning (November 1st), the chopper flew to Tolaga Bay to transport a 21-year-old male who had fallen from a horse fracturing his arm. While on the ground we received a second patient, a 74-year-old male with a medical condition. Both were flown to Gisborne Hospital for treatment.
On Sunday (November 2nd), the rescue helicopter responded to Te Puia Hospital to uplift a 48-year-old male with a medical condition. He was flown to Gisborne Hospital for assessment.


Medical emergency at Te Puia

October 29, The ECT Rescue Helicopter responded to Te Puia Hospital where a 50-year-old male was suffering from a medical condition. He was transported to Gisborne Hospital for further treatment.

 

Medical emergency at Anaura Bay

October 29, the ECT Rescue Helicopter responded to Anaura Bay where a 74-year-old female was suffering from a medical condition. She was transported to Gisborne Hospital for further treatment.

 

A busy Labour Weekend for the the ECT Rescue Helicopter 

On Sunday evening (October 26), the ECT Rescue Helicopter was sent to Tauwhareparae Road to assist with a 63-year-old who had fallen from his motorcycle. He was flown to Gisborne with suspected fractures.
On Saturday (October 25), the helicopter responded to the Waimaha Station to a 4wd that had rolled down a bank with two occupants. A 19-year-old female was flown to Gisborne Hospital with suspected fractures. The flight was conducted in adverse weather conditions.

 

Chopper assists in Mahia boating accident

October 16, the ECT Rescue Helicopter responded to a boat accident at Mahia, where a rogue wave overturned a boat containing four people retrieving crayfish pots. A 48-year-old male with spinal injuries was winched from the base of a cliff by the Hawke's Bay Lowe Rescue Helicopter before being transported by the ECT Rescue Helicopter to Hawke’s Bay Regional Hospital for further treatment.

 

ECT Rescue Helicopter searches for overdue hunter

October 12, the ECT Rescue Helicopter was tasked by The NZ Police to fly to Motu and search for an overdue hunter. The helicopter joined the Land Search and Rescue team from Gisborne and conducted land and air searches of the area. The search at last light was unsuccessful and was to be resumed at first light.

 

Medical support at Ruatoria

September 24, the ECT Rescue Helicopter responded to Aorangi (inland from Ruatoria) to assist a 69-year-old female who required medical help. She was transported to Gisborne Hospital for further treatment.

 

Medical transfer from Te Puia

September 15, the ECT Rescue Helicopter responded to Te Puia Hospital to transport a 79-year-old male with a medical condition. He was flown to Gisborne Hospitalfor treatment.

 

Critical motor vehicle accident results in chopper call out

September 11, the ECT Rescue Helicopter responded to Te Puia Hospital to uplift a 20-year-old female who had been involved in a motor vehicle accident. She was flown to Gisborne Hospital in a critical condition. The helicopter then returned uto uplift the girl's sister who had also been in the vehicle. She was also flown to Gisborne Hospital for treatment.

 

Midnight call requires night vision goggles

Midnight September 10, the ECT Rescue Helicopter responded to Te Puia Hospital to assist with a 19-year-old male involved in a car crash. He was flown to Gisborne Hospital with various injuries. The flight was conducted with the aid of the Night Vision Goggles.

 

Frasertown vehicle accident

September 7, the ECT Rescue Helicopter responded to a motor vehicle accident 22 kms west of Frasertown. A 53-year-old male was driving a 4WD when it left the road coming to rest some 200 feet from the road. The male occupant was flown to Gisborne Hospital with multiple injuries.

 

Cries for help result in chopper call out

September 4, the ECT Rescue Helicopter responded to a farm at Tikitiki where a 42-year-old male had slipped while walking down hill, fracturing his leg. He crawled some distance down hill and managed to shout out to his partner at a farm house who heard his cries for help. He was transported to Gisborne Hospital for further treatment.

 

A busy week for the ECT Rescue Helicopter

On Tuesday the 19th of August, the ECT Rescue Helicopter transported a 79-year-old female suffering from a medical condition from Te Puia Hospital to Gisborne Hospital for further treatment.

On Wednesday the 20th we ran three missions.

We transported a 25-year-old Hicks Bay woman suffering from a medical condition from the Te Araroa Medical Center to Gisborne Hospital for further treatment.

We then airlifted a 52-year-old man from Ruatoria after he inhaled a poisonous substance. He was flown from the Ruatoria Health Clinic to Gisborne Hospital for further treatment.

Later in the afternoon we airlifted a 49-year-old woman from Pehiri who suffered a shoulder injury after she fell through her ceiling while fitting insulation. She was flown to Gisborne Hospital for further treatment.

 

NVGs making a difference

The night vision goggles have, yet again, proved their worth with two recent missions requiring their use.
July 18th, the ECT Rescue Helicopter responded to Te Araroa to transport an elderly lady with a medical condition to Gisborne Hospital. The return leg was conducted using the night vision goggles.
July 17th, the ECT Rescue Helicopter responded to Tikitiki to attend to an elderly man with a medical condition. He was taken to Tolaga Bay using night vision goggles and then transported by road to Gisborne Hospital due to adverse weather conditions south of Tolaga Bay.

 

Call out for rugby injury

The ECT Rescue Helicopter crew flew to Tikitiki July 12, where a 22-year-old man suffered a serious hip injury during a game of rugby. He was flown to Gisborne Hospital ED for treatment.

 

Medical tranfer from Te Puia

The ECT Rescue Helicopter was called to Te Puia Springs Medical Centre to transport a patient. An 80-year-old man was flown to Gisborne Hospital with a medical condition.

 

Medical transfer from Te Puia

The ECT Rescue Helicopter responded to Te Puia Springs to uplift a patient, July 7th. He was suffering a medical condition and was airlifted to Gisborne Hospital

 

The ECT Rescue Helicopter has been working the length of the Coast over the past few days.

The ECT Rescue Helicopter responded to Mahia to uplift a 42-year-old female suffering with a medical condition on June 27th. She was stabilised at the scene by St John paramedics before being airlifted to Gisborne Hospital. This mission was completed with the aid of the night vision goggles.

July 1st, the ECT Rescue Helicopter responded to Ruatoria to uplift a 7-year-old boy with a medical condition. He was flown to Gisborne Hospital for treatment.

 

June 26 a busy day for the ECT Rescue Helicopter

The ECT Rescue Helicopter was called to Te Puia Springs to transfer a patient to the Gisborne Hospital emergency department with a medical condition. She was assessed and then flown to Waikato Hospital in the Air Gisborne Air Ambulance.

On arrival at the Gisborne Hospital helipad, the ECT Rescue Helicopter was tasked to fly to the head of the Whakarau River to attend to a 42-year-old female who had slipped off some wooden stairs. She was stabilised by St John advanced paramedics then flown to Gisborne Hospital emergency department with various suspected injuries.


Weather hampers rescue in the Ureweras

The ECT Rescue Helicopter was tasked by the rescue co-ordination center to fly to a hut in the Urewera National Park south of Waimana to locate a missing party, June 25. Due to bad weather the ECT Rescue Helicopter had to return to Gisborne. The party was then located by a Whakatane-based helicopter.

 

Sick patient transferred from Ruatoria

The ECT Rescue Helicopter responded to Ruatoria to transport a 47-year-old with a medical condition to Gisborne Hospital, June 8. The patient was assessed by St John paramedics then flown for further treatment.

 

Rescue helicopter joins search for missing man 

The ECT Rescue Helicopter was tasked by NZ Police to fly to Mahia and search for a missing party, June 7 and 8. The search was suspended until Sunday morning and was to be resumed at first light. The ECT Rescue Helicopter then returned to Mahia on Sunday morning to recover the deceased.

 

Injured motorcross riders rescued

The ECT Rescue Helicopter responded to Bartlett’s motocross track to uplift two injured motocross riders. Both riders had taken falls while competing at an event, June 1. After being stabilised they were flown to Gisborne Hospital with suspected fractures for treatment.

 

Te Araroa man rescued after taking a tumble

The ECT Rescue Helicopter responded Te Araroa to pick up an 86-year-old who had sustained injuries as a result of a fall at home, May 31. He was flown to Gisborne Hospital to be treated for various injuries.

 

Baby rushed to hospital

The ECT Rescue Helicopter responded Te Puia Springs to uplift a 10-month-old child who had ingested a harmful substance, May 28. The child was transported to Gisborne Hospital for treatment.

 

Elderly gentleman rescued at Mahia

The ECT Rescue Helicopter responded to Mahia to airlift an elderly gentleman with a medical condition, May 21. He was transported from the Mahia helicopter pad  to Wairoa Hospital for further treatment. 

 

Sick baby near Waimaha Station

The ECT Rescue Helicopter responded Te-Puia springs to uplift a patient, May 19 . The helicopter was diverted in the early stages of this flight to attend to a 2-month-old baby with a medical condition in the Waimaha Station area. The child was stabilised and flown to Gisborne Hospital for assessment.The ECT Rescue Helicopter then departed for Te Puia to uplift a 70-year-old male suffering a medical condition. He was also flown to Gisborne Hospital for treatment.

 

Sick infant in Nuhaka 

The ECT Rescue Helicopter responded to an emergency in Nuhaka on May 17 where an infant suffered a medical condition. The child was stabilised then flown to Gisborne Hospital for treatment.

 

Search for missing swimmer

The ECT Rescue Helicopter responded to an incident at Rere Rock Falls, May 18, where a male swimmer had not surfaced. The helicopter searched for a period of time then returned to Gisborne. This is now in the hands of Police.

 

Horseriding accident in Waingake Valley

The ECT Rescue Helicopter responded to Shanks Road in the Waingake Valley on April 21 to uplifted a 68-year-old male who had fallen from a horse. He was flown to Gisborne Hospital with suspected neck injuries.

 

Medical transfere from Te Puia Springs

On the 20th, the ECT Rescue Helicopter also transported 61-year-old male with a medical condition from Te Puia Springs Medical Centre to Gisborne Hospital.

 

Forestry accident near Tolaga Bay

The ECT Rescue Helicopter airlifted a 43-year-old female from a forestry site inland from Tolaga Bay on March 24. She had sustained a serious chest injury following an incident with felled logs. She was flown to Gisborne Hospital for further treatment.  

 

Helicoper crash in the Whareratas

The ECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to the Whareratas to uplift a 49-year-old male who sustained injuries in a helicopter crash on March 20. The pilot was one of two people in the machine. He was recovered by way of the human sling then flown to Gisborne Hospital for assessment and treatment. A second male, the passenger, died at the scene. The ECT Rescue Helicopter was tasked by the Police coordination center to return his body to Gisborne by helicopter.

 

Horse accident at Hicks Bay

The ECT Rescue Helicopter went to Hicks Bay on March 2 to attend an accident involving a horse. The horse was being loaded into a float when it reared up injuring its 37-year-old handler. She was flown to Gisborne Hospital with suspected fractures.

 

Flying fox accident in Te Puia

The ECT Rescue Helicopter transported a 7-year-old boy on February 26 from Te Puia to Gisborne Hospital. He was suffering from a badly broken arm after falling from a flying fox.

 

Horse accident near Waipiro Bay

The ECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to a river bed 40 kilometres inland from Waipiro Bay on February 9. A 13-year-old had fallen from a horse after getting tangled in a washed out fence line. He was flown to Gisborne Hospital with shoulder injuries.

 

River rescue at rural property

The ECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to a rural Waingake property on February 2 to uplift a 14-year-old male who had dived into a river and hit the bottom. He was flown to Gisborne Hospital for treatment.

 

Motor vehicle crash in Opotiki

The ECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Opotiki on January 25 to attend a single motor vehicle crash. Six occupants sustained various injuries. The ECT Rescue Helicopter transported a one-year-old girl from the scene with suspected head injuries to Waikato Hospital.

 

Car and truck collision requires two rescue choppers

The ECT Rescue Helicopter responded to a motor vehicle accident on SH 2 near Whakaki on January 23, where a small car and truck had collided. Both occupants were ejected from their respective vehicles during the crash, both drivers suffering multiple, serious injuries. The 47-year-old male truck driver was flown by the ECT Rescue Helicopter, while the woman driver of the car was flown by the Hawke's Bay Rescue Helicopter to Hawke's Bay Regional Hospital for further treatment. The drivers were the sole occupants of each motor vehicle.

 

Dirt bike accident in Frasertown

The ECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to a rural Frasertown address on January 22, where a 15-year-old male was suspected of suffering head, neck and back injuries after falling off his dirt bike at high speed. He was transported to Gisborne Hospital for further treatment.

 

Nine-year-old injured in Mahia

The ECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Mahia on January 7, where a nine-year-old female fell off a blow kart while riding it down a sealed driveway. She sustained facial abrasions and injuries to her eye, shoulder and neck. She was transported to Hastings Hospital for further treatment.

 

Rider rescued after horse dies

The ECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Rere on January 6, where a 69-year-old male was rescued after the horse he was riding collapsed and died while travelling through a steep farm hillside. The rider sustained suspected neck and head injuries and was transported to Gisborne Hospital for further treatment.

 

Dual rescues

The ECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Mahia on January 3 at 1pm to uplift and transport a nine-year-old girl who had fallen from a tree and injured her arm. She was flown to Gisborne Hospital for treatment.

The ECT Rescue Helicopter also went to Te Puia Springs Hospital that evening to transport a 26-year-old female with a medical condition. She was flown to Gisborne Hospital for assessment.

 

New year rescues

The ECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to three jobs on January 2. The first was at 2am to uplift a 16-year-old female who had taken a fall and received multiple injuries. She was flown from Te Puia Hospital to Gisborne Hospital with the aid of Night Vision Goggles. 

The second job at midday was to assist St John with an 84-year-old male that had fallen at his Mahia home and had a suspected fracture. He was flown to Gisborne Hospital for treatment. 

The third job was assisting with a motor vehicle crash at Mokau Bay in the Lake Waikaremoana area around 6.30pm. Two female occupants were flown to Gisborne Hospital with various injuries.